Sally Anne Schmidt is the Curator of the Nau Civil War Collection. For over ten years Sally Anne has been responsible for the care, organization and exhibition of one of the largest private Civil War collections in the country. She also makes the collection available to the public by assisting historians with research, hosting tours for students and adults, and speaking about the collection. In 2011, she guest curated an exhibition of over 200 Nau collection artifacts at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Sally Anne received her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master’s degree and PhD from Rice University. Her dissertation is entitled “Saving Galveston: A History of the Galveston Historical Foundation.” At Rice, Sally Anne’s research focused on Southern Women’s History and the History of Museums and Historic Preservation and she held the Jameson Fellowship at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in 2003 - 2004.
A seventh generation Texan raised in Austin and Dallas, Sally Anne lives in Houston with her husband, Marc Tabolsky, and daughter. She is an active member of the Junior League of Houston and has served in a number of leadership positions, including the Board of Directors.